Creating Learning Opportunities During the Pandemic

Distractions Are Everywhere Training a Canine Companions® puppy to stay focused amid distractions is one of the most important tasks for puppy raisers. Heartley’s volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, has worked hard over the months to make sure that Heartley is a pro at staying on task! Distractions are all around us. The garbage truck making […]

After Training, Zari and Dom Cool Off in the Pool

Summer Time in Sacramento  Now nearly 9 months old, puppy Dom is working hard learning his commands to hopefully one day become an assistance dog for someone with a disability. But it’s not all work – Dom gets to have a lot of fun too! The Sacramento heat makes it the perfect place to introduce […]

Smiling puppy in pool

Safe Summer Fun with Wes

Summertime with Wes Summertime is a great time for fun, time for chilling out, barbeques and swimming pools, and Labradors and Goldens love water, right? Well, many do, but Canine Companions puppy Wes didn’t take to water quite as readily. Puppy raisers Christa and Steve don’t mind – swimming was another great training opportunity! In […]

Enjoying the Outdoors While Social Distancing

Heartley Learns to Adapt to Changing Circumstances Canine Companions® puppy Heartley and his volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, are making the most of the warm May weather in between midwest rain storms. While the weather is warming up,  Heartley is growing and learning to adapt to the constant changing circumstances that we all face every day. […]

How Bogo Stays Healthy

If there is one thing every volunteer puppy raiser has in common, it’s the desire to ensure a long and happy life for the puppy they are raising. As Bogo prepares for matriculation in May, his puppy raiser is focusing on ways to keep him healthy so he is ready for professional training! The right […]

Bogo next to bag of dog food

Zari is Learning What it Takes

  When Zari’s puppy raiser, Laura, began volunteering for Canine Companions® 17 years ago, she never thought a member of her own family would be matched with one of our expertly-trained assistance dogs. Three short weeks ago, that’s exactly what happened. Laura’s mother, Sandy, had been invited to our Northwest Training Center to participate in […]

Meet Puppy Merial!

Canine Companions is pleased to introduce puppy Merial! This adorable Labrador, Golden Retriever cross was born on September 17, 2015, along with her five brothers and four sisters. As a growing 7-month-old puppy, Merial will have many adventures and training opportunities. The first few of months were a time for adjusting to her volunteer puppy raiser’s […]